Licking the ball

Table Tennis Rules

Last updated 5 years ago

Aaditya Kumar

Aaditya Kumar Asked 7 years ago

Can you lick the ball before serving?

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 7 years ago

Hi Aaditya,

Definitely not!  If you do that the ball will have water on it and will not react properly.

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Steve Billmire

Steve Billmire Posted 7 years ago

Why would you want to lick the ball?

Enoch Oppong

Enoch Oppong Posted 7 years ago

From all my years on this website this definitely is the most weirdest question ever asked.

Dieter Verhofstadt

Dieter Verhofstadt Posted 7 years ago

It might appear strange but recently I bumped into an opponent whose ritual was to kiss the ball, as if he was treating the ball as a lover who will be with him. He happened to have lots of net balls too, in which case he would kiss the ball in gratitude.

For sure he would wipe the ball every time, to be in line with the rules, but still I found the behavior very irritating.

So, "why would you want to lick the ball?" There you go.

Matt M

Matt M Posted 7 years ago

You could always lick balls in your spare time at home if that's what you're into, but I wouldn't recommend it during a game.

Ilia Minkin

Ilia Minkin Posted 7 years ago


utkarsh agarwal

utkarsh agarwal Posted 7 years ago

No offense but How did u even came up with this ques tongue-out

Patrik Schmuki

Patrik Schmuki Posted 5 years ago

Did you see Ovtcharov:


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 5 years ago

Yes players used to do this a bit to get the dust off the ball.  No sure about the health of this though.

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